Wildcat golf teams ready to start season

Sophomore Roland Massimino, K-State Men's Golf player, practices hitting balls out of a sand trap at Colbert Hills Golf Course on Mar. 9, 2017. (File photo by John Benfer | Royal Purple)

This weekend marks the start of both the Kansas State men’s and women’s golf team seasons. Grant Robins, head coach of the men’s team, and Kristi Knight, head coach of the women’s team, said they are ready for their golfers to head off to two separate tournaments this weekend.

The men’s team will be in Verona, Wisconsin, at the Badger Invitational where they will be competing against 15 other teams, including KU, from Sept. 10 – 12.

Coach Robbins talked about his expectations for this season.

“For this season I’m expecting ongoing improvement, and we have high goals every year,” Robbins said. “But for us to be good, we have to stay focused on the present just to get better everyday.”

The men’s golf team will not be hosting a tournament until this spring. The K-State Bighorn Invitational will be from March 23 – 24 in California.

This weekend in Woodbury, Minnesota, the women’s golf team has high hopes for success in the Minnesota Invitational from Sept. 11 – 12.

Coach Knight talked about the energy and enthusiasm of the team.

“We’re excited to get this season underway,” Knight said. “Coach Jared [Helin] and I have seen some good golf. We like the energy and the effort the ladies are bringing to the course.”

The women’s golf team will host the Marilynn Smith/Sunflower Invitational from Sept. 17 – 19. The event will be hosted at Colbert Hills Golf Course.

“We play eighteen holes each day; admission is free,” Knight said. “So it’s just a matter of coming out to Colbert Hills and putting your walking shoes on — or you could sit down behind holes nine or eighteen and see some good golf.”

While both of the golf teams will be headed out this weekend for their first tournament of the season, there will be many more to come in both the fall and spring seasons.